Hello! It seems I inadvertently took the month of August off of blogging. There were many reasons, but not because I wasn't sewing. I have lots to show you and September should bring back a more regular blogging schedule. One of the things I've been working on is my Halloween Mini Swap package. It was my August ALYoF Goal to get it finished and mailed. I hosted the Halloween Mini Swap on Instagram as a means to finally dig in to my Halloween stash of fabrics that I've never cut into. In the end, I made my partner a mini and a mug rug. I also bought some new Halloween fabric. Part of what I've noticed about my Halloween choices is that I like loud, busy prints... so they don't all play so nicely together. Once I pulled in a non-Halloween fabric (Tula Pink True Colors Makin' Waves in Ink) I had a much easier time designing my mini.
I had a Swoon quilt in the queue for myself. Fabrics selected. First blocks cut out. But I hadn't actually made a Swoon block yet. I'm so glad I chose to make a one for this project (this one is a 16" block). I love how I was able to fussy cut the feature fabric ("unhappy hour" from The Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection 2004). Here's the back. I went with a quick fused label (since it's a mini that won't be washed frequently) and I accidentally forgot to put on hanging corners. :-/
And the mug rug is Odd Socks by The Tartankiwi. I printed the pattern at 133%, making it about 6" by 8.5".
Here's the package all wrapped up and ready to ship. I included a variety of other goodies, and wrapped them in a fat quarter.
My partner should receive it tomorrow. I can't wait to see what she thinks!
Here's the awesome swap package and mini that Adrienne made for me!
I'm linked up to the ALYoF August Finishes Party, Bernie's Handmade Halloween at Needle and Foot, and to the Finish Along Q3 Finishes Party. See my whole Q3 goal list here.
Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
The Tula Pink Making Waves print coordinates so well with your Halloween prints. I hope your swap partner is thrilled with it. :)
Thanks, Yvonne. I'm so glad that I decided on that one. I already restocked the print since I can see it being very versatile!
Looking at all the fabulous packages you gift each other with is almost like a birthday party!
It's so fun to get Happy Mail! :-) Thanks for visiting.
I like what you made to swap and what you received in the swap. How fun!!
It's a ton of fun! To be truthful, participating in the swaps is pretty addicting.
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Awesome!! Love the Swoon block. I just forgot to add hanging corners on a mini I finished yesterday. I pulled off the binding and added them.
I probably should have unbound... but I was not feeling like I was having a ton of time. Sometimes done is better than perfect. :-) Thanks for visiting, Anja.
So much fun to see the swoon as a Halloween quilt. Your fussy cut fabrics look so neat.
Thanks. I may just have to make myself one. My fabric looks like swiss cheese, but it's a big enough piece that I think I could make it again. :-)
Lovely! Truly! I do adore a good swoon block!
I have spent so much time looking at swoon blocks on IG. There are so many beautiful ones out there!
Abigail @ cut&alter
Wow - I love your Hallowe'en mini quilt - the fabric you fussy cut from is amazing. May just have to look that out for something for my daughters ....
Thank you, Abigail. I had a great time making it. Unfortunately since the fabric is from 2004, I suspect it would be hard to find. Good luck!
Fun finishes. Your partner is very lucky!
Thank you, Kaholly. I'm eagerly awaiting her post that she's received it. :-)
Two great finishes! I LOVE that skull fabric on the back of your mini.
Thank you, Adrianne. I really had fun with the swap!
Love your mini. The Unhappy Hour fabric is so much fun. What's not to love about all sorts of Halloween characters going out drinking? That sock mug rug is adorable.
Thank you so much, KJ. It was a really hard quilt to give away. I'd still like to make one for myself. Someday. ;-)